Vegan Travel Tips for Riga, Latvia

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I spent a couple of weeks in Riga and tried to see if it catered for us vegans. Here’s what I found.  

Riga, the Latvian capital, is a truly beautiful city that I fell in love with right away.

It has some excellent vegan-friendly restaurants to try when you visit.

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Vegan Travel Tips for Riga, Latvia

 

Terapija – Vegan restaurant

This is one of the few purely vegan restaurants in Riga. It’s a large, beautiful space.

The soft music in the background, the plants and the natural light give it a very calm vibe.

The menu includes special deals for breakfast and lunch, plus a general menu of starters, mains and desserts.

I tried their seitan wok, which was a little spicy (a good thing). Other mains include a falafel plate, vegan burgers and wraps.

A great place to have a meal or chil with a vegan dessert.

Terapija

Bahjan Cafe – Vegan restaurant

A vegan restaurant in the city centre offering salads, soups, mains and desserts, all vegan.

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Bahjan Cafe – Vegan restaurant

It’s a large space with both tables and sofas and some outdoor seating and it was quite full around lunchtime. The atmosphere is pretty chilled even when the place is full.

The menu offers original flavours, mostly Asian. I ordered the excellent noodles and got a complimentary appetizer which was a very tasty surprise.

Bhajan Cafe Riga 

Fat Pumpkin – Mostly vegan place in the old town

A lovely vegetarian (mostly vegan) restaurant in the old town with excellent food and great service.

It has an elegant interior with an orange colour theme and a pleasant atmosphere.

Though the location is very central, it may be be tricky to find with Google Maps, so just look for the orange umbrellas outside.

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Lunch at Fat Pumpkin

The menu is almost entirely vegan. Ingredients are listed clearly on the menu, which is available in English, and the staff speak English too.  

I had a wrap that came with salad and chips. Everything was well made and demonstrates how a seemingly simple meal can be made with great care.

I also had an amazing raw vegan cake with cherries and chocolate.

When you’re in the old town, this place is a must.

Fat Pumpkin 

The Beginnings – Raw food in Riga

This is a raw food restaurant.

It’s classified as vegetarian on Happy Cow, but the menu looked completely vegan. I found that the only thing they use that’s not vegan is honey, so  you may want to ask about that before you order.

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Raw Garden / The Beginnings

I tried the delicious marinated tofu burger with homemade pickles. They also have a tempting display of raw desserts. I had the mango cake that looked like cheesecake and was served with strawberries and blueberries.

The Beginnings

MiiT Coffee – Vegan friendly 

A cool café with mostly vegetarian food and some vegan options, both sweet and savoury.

It’s a good place to have a quick, light meal and a good coffee. It’s also a good café to work from, with free wifi and large laptop friendly tables.

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MiiT Coffee – vegan friendly cafe in Riga

I arrived in the afternoon and tried their vegan sandwich which was tasty.

You do need to ask what’s vegan and what isn’t as it’s not always clear, but they have friendly English speaking staff, so just ask.

MiiT Coffee

Dabas Stacija – Health Food Store  

A wonderful shop, pretty much a must if you’re staying in Riga and want to cook for yourself, or just get some vegan snacks.

Vegan food isn’t so common in Riga, so this shop was a very nice surprise.

They have tofu and all sorts of meat substitutes, vegan ice cream, vegan chocolate, beans and lentils and much more. It’s also a good place to get your plant based milk.

The prices were a very reasonable, I didn’t notice any overpriced items.

Dabas Stacija on Facebook

Riga Central Market

One thing I cannot stand about markets is the sight and smell of meat and fish that’s pretty much imposed on you as you walk through the market. Not in Riga though!

Vegan Riga Riga Central Market
Riga Central Market

The central market in Riga (Rīgas Centrāltirgus) is huge. It’s one of the largest covered markets in Europe and it’s composed of 5 halls (called pavilions), plus an outdoor market.

You are spared the unfortunate sights and smells simply thanks to the separation between the fruit and veg section and the meat and fish sections.

Vegan Riga Riga Central Market
Riga Central Market

The market typically offers seasonal local produce at low prices. The fruit and veg pavilion also has pickles, herbs, beans and legumes, dried fruit and even garden seeds. In the outdoor market you’ll find more fruit and vegetables as well as flowers.

Riga Central Market 

Stockpot – Vegan and vegetarian options

This is not a vegan restaurant, it’s not even vegetarian, but they have vegan and vegetarian options on the menu each day.

Though I wouldn’t normally recommend places that sell meat, this place can come in handy in a city like Riga that doesn’t cater that well for vegans (yet).

It’s a very popular restaurant, so I was tipped not to arrive at mealtimes. In the afternoon it wasn’t too full.

They publish their weekly menu on Facebook every Monday, so you can decide on what day to go. All the vegan options are clearly marked in green and include a soup and normally a curry as a main. Vegetarian options are also marked.  You can choose between a small or large portion and have a relatively inexpensive meal.

Stockpot  

General Tips for Vegans in Riga

I stayed at an Airbnb flat with a kitchen, which made my stay much easier.

If you decide to cook for yourself, then the central market is a good place to buy fresh local produce at low prices, as well as beans and lentils. Buckwheat is very popular in this region and you will find it at any supermarket. 

Soy milk, rice milk and almond milk are available at larger supermarkets. Look for them in the health food section.

If you want a larger range, you can go to Dabas Stacija, as they have a good selection of plant based milks and are sometimes cheaper than supermarkets. 

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